My weight loss journey began on Monday February 1, 2016, the day I finally faced the scale — 222.5 pounds. The last time I’d weighed that much was 1997, when I was pregnant with triplets!
The previous year had been a tough one. My beloved Mother died on January 15, 2015. Still reeling from my recent divorce and raising 3 teenagers, I sank into a deep depression. Already over 200 pounds, I gained even more weight that year.
On the one year anniversary of Mom’s death, as we gathered around her grave, something clicked. I knew it was time. I had to lose the weight for good. After a lifetime of yo-yo dieting, I knew better than to follow any diet or deprive myself. I had to find a way of eating that I could sustain … for life.
This is my story, how I was able to lose 90 pounds and achieve a normal weight … at age 61. I did it by following a few simple rules, while enjoying all my favorite foods and walking every day.
I wrote this memoir for several reasons. To provide inspiration, motivation and hope for people in their 50s, 60s and beyond who struggle with obesity.
To encourage others to create their own customized eating and exercise plan – a sustainable lifestyle.
And finally, to hold myself accountable for keeping the weight off!